- pertaining to the iamb.
- consisting of or employing an iamb or iambs.
- an iamb.
- Usually iambics. a verse or poem consisting of iambs.
Examples from the Web for iambic
Max Fish and Snow are wed by more than their iambic assonance.
The lovers speak entirely in iambic pentameter, which works much better than it should.
His fables are ninety-seven in number, and are written in iambic verse.History of Rome from the Earliest times down to 476 AD|Robert F. Pennell
Rage armed Archilochus with the iambic of his own invention.The Works of Horace|Horace
The Alexandrian line consists of twelve syllables (iambic hexameter).Essays|Ralph Waldo Emerson
It will be observed that iambic feet prevail in this translation.Toward the Gulf|Edgar Lee Masters
Our ears, however, are hardly fine enough to catch the iambic twang of which Quintilian complains.The Life of Cicero|Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for iambic
Word Origin and History for iambic
1570s (n.); 1580s (adj.), from Latin iambicus, from Greek iambikos, from iambos "metrical foot of one unaccented followed by one accented syllable," from iaptein "to assail" (in words), literally "to put forth." The meter of invective and lampoon in classical Greek from the time it was used for such by Archilochos, 7c. B.C.E.